Today in Legal History: August 14th, 1935 – Social Security Act

14 August 2012 Categories: All Blogs

On this day in 1935 the original Social Security Act was enacted. Since that day, social security has been changed and reformed to encompass a number of programs. SSA.gov has detailed information on the different programs and how to apply for them. The two main areas of social security are social security disability income (SSDI) and supplemental security income (SSI). SSDI is the program that workers pay into and then draw a check from when they retire. SSI is a means-tested program that provides help to elderly people and people with disabilities. The details of each program, as well as the other programs the Social Security Office oversees, can be found online. Social Security and the related programs will be a major topic going into the upcoming presidential elections.

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